NCBA Update from Washington

Jamie Johansen

Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs, gave updates on hot issues facing the beef industry at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk. He encourages all producers to step up and stay engaged with the political process. Topics discussed include Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), Water of the U.S. (WOTUS) and the most …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, Government, NAFB, NCBA

Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance Created

Cindy Zimmerman

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) have announced the creation of the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture. The task force is comprised of representatives from U.S. agriculture colleges/land grant universities and veterinary colleges as well as key representatives from the production animal agriculture community and the …

Animal Health, Antibiotics, Beef, NCBA, NPPC, Pork, Poultry

Feds Told Don't Drown Land Owners in Regulatory Flood

John Davis

Two groups that represent the interests of a large portion of rural land owners and users has a message for the federal government: Don’t drown land owners in a regulatory flood! The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council filed comments calling for the immediate withdrawal of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ …

EPA, Government, NCBA, usda, Water

WTO Decision Rules Against COOL

Cindy Zimmerman

The United States’ Country of Origin labeling (COOL) is still not cool with the World Trade Organization (WTO). In the compliance panel report released today, the WTO found that “the amended COOL measure violates Article 2.1 of the TBT Agreement because it accords to Canadian and Mexican livestock less favourable treatment than that accorded to like US livestock.” In particular, …

Ag Group, Beef, Government, NCBA, NPPC, Pork, Trade

Five Nations Beef Alliance Statement on TPP

Jamie Johansen

The Five Nations Beef Alliance* concluded a successful meeting and tour in south Texas last week, capped by the unanimous endorsement of a public statement calling for all Trans-Pacific Partnership nations to support ‘gold standard outcomes’ for beef that do not sacrifice important reforms for political expediency. The annual meeting, hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, unites beef industry …

Ag Group, Beef, Export, Government, International, NCBA

2015 NCBA National Anthem Contest Deadline Approaching

Jamie Johansen

Entries are now being accepted for National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 2015 National Anthem Contest, open to those 18 and younger and related to an NCBA, CBB or ANCW member. The contest winner will receive: • Roundtrip Airfare for 2 to San Antonio during the 2015 Cattle Industry Annual Convention • 1 Hotel Room for 3 Nights in San Antonio during …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, contest, NCBA

Digital Photography Book Features Ladies of Montana Ranching

Jamie Johansen

“Ladies and Livestock: Life on the Ranch,” the second book in the Montana Family Ranching Series, from the Research and Education Endowment Foundation of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (REEF),is now available on iTunes and Apple devices. The digital book is a pictorial explanation of Montana women and their roles in the ranching community. “Women are often described as the ‘backbone’ …

Ag Group, Beef, books, NCBA, Ranches

2015 CIC & NCBA Trade Show Registration Opens Today

Jamie Johansen

Registration for the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show is underway. The 117th Annual Convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 4-7, 2015. Advanced registration is open until Jan. 10, 2015. Convention participants will hear from industry leaders, gather insight on industry trends, and enjoy an evening at the Cowboy Comedy Club & …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Events, NCBA

NCBA Voices Concerns About Beef Checkoff Plans

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met earlier this week with the Beef Checkoff working group and reportedly told them he’s planning on implementing a new checkoff program for the industry by January 2016. The action would be taken under the 1996 Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act, also called the “generic checkoff act,” and would be separate from and in addition …

Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, NCBA